Facing prison amid a pandemic, a protester fears for himself and all inmates, by Ned Barnett , News and Observer,January 14, 2021
Patrick O’Neill, a longtime Catholic activist, has often demonstrated against the death penalty outside of Central Prison in Raleigh.
But this week when he stood at the prison’s entrance what he was opposing had become personal – his own risk of dying behind bars. The 64-year-old Garner resident is about to start serving a prison term related to his protesting nuclear weapons. He was at Central Prison with other activists on Monday to call attention to the COVID-19 risks faced by inmates in North Carolina and nationwide.